If Herndon starts 2023 like this, it’s likely to be a monster year.
Whenever you stop by Phillip Herndon, the mammoth powerlifter is likely to pull off an incredible feat. A run-of-the-mill 250-pound competitor, Herndon has earned a reputation for seemingly impossible displays of power whenever he gets a barbell within reach. Herndon’s recent accomplishments in the gym, as one of his first notable benchmarks in 2023, are undoubtedly one of the athlete’s best yet.
On February 4, 2023, Herndon posted a video of himself on his Instagram page Capturing a 412.7 kilogram (910 pound) squat raw during a recent training session. According to the caption of Herndon’s post, the leg strength demonstration is a personal record of all time (PR). Herndon had wrist wraps, a lifting belt and knee sleeves decked out during the squat — which is considered a raw lift by sanctioned powerlifting standards.
In the same post, the athlete announced that he weighs 265 pounds, which means that after building more muscle, he will be able to compete in the 125 kilogram (275 pound) weight class. The athlete’s next competitive appearance would officially be his first competition in the division, having started his competitive career in 2013 in the 82 kg (181 lb) class and having spent the last four years at 110 kg (242 lb).
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Although unofficial, Herndon’s squat is 2.7 kilograms (6.1 pounds) more than the all-time raw world record in the 125-kilogram weight class according to Open Powerlifting. That record belongs to Dennis Cornelius, who squatted 410 kilograms (903.9 pounds) at the 2017 United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Freedom Fitness Classic. Herdon currently holds the all-time raw world record in the 110 kg class with a squat of 395 kg (870.8 lbs) as well as the all-time world record in the 110 kg class with wraps at 435 kg (959 lbs).
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Herndon’s squat PR is likely related to his ongoing preparation for the 2023 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Ghost Clash 2. The competition is scheduled to take place in Miami, FL on February 18-19, 2023 and other notable participants include powerlifting stars.
Regardless of weight class, here’s a rundown of Herndon’s all-time competitive bests:
All-Time Raw Competition Best by Phillip Herndon
- squatting — 395 kilograms (870.8 pounds) | 110-kilogram all-time world record
- bench press — 230 kilograms (507 pounds)
- deadlift — 372.5 kilograms (821.2 pounds)
- In total: 977.5 kilograms (2,155 pounds)
Herndon has been alluding to his spot in the WRPF Ghost Clash 2 competition for a few weeks now, as most of his Instagram posts have a reference to it. In that regard, he appears to be a lifter on a mission.
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It’s barely a month into 2023 and Herndon is already looking excited after impressive performances in the gym and on official lifts. Should he port his latest strength feat to South Florida later this month, it will likely be just one of many significant performances from the record-breaking powerlifter.
Featured image: @phillip_herndon on Instagram
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